Psychology: Professional Conference

Spring 2017
Credits per quarter

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This course involves travel to the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA). The convention attracts 3000+ students and professionals of psychology. It showcases the range of activities and topics that psychology offers, and highlights cutting edge research in all areas of psychology. Many events are specifically geared towards helping students network, and to learn what is needed to succeed in a career in psychology. The convention features invited lectures by notable psychologists, poster sessions of current research by students and professionals in broadly based disciplines within psychology, and psychology-related films in the Film Festival held during the Convention.

Requirements for the course are attending a planning meeting prior to travel, attending a minimum of 20 hours of presentations during the four days of the convention, and writing a short paper about your convention activities upon your return from the convention.

This year’s convention will be held in Sacramento, California from April 27-30, 2017, at the Sheraton Grand Downtown Sacramento. Convention activities start at 8 am on Thursday April 27 and end at 12:30 pm on Sunday April 30. To take advantage of all the special events (including the not-to-be-missed finale on Sunday morning), students need to arrive in Sacramento on Wednesday April 26 (anytime) and stay until Sunday afternoon (your flight home should be 4 pm or later). You can decide to stay over Sunday night for travel home on Monday if the additional cost of an extra night in the hotel is offset by the often-cheaper Monday flights.


Students who are taking So You Want to be a Psychologist or Research Capstone in Psychology should not register for this course.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: psychology, education, and social work

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.

Approximately $242-$409 for travel to attend the WPA annual convention (exact amount depends on the type of accommodations students require). This includes WPA membership/registration fees and four nights hotel at the convention site. Transportation and food are additional and at student's own expense. (An extra night at the hotel is possible for an additional amount.)

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am (Sem II B34105). This is a required planning meeting.

Convention activities start at 8 am on Thursday April 27 and end at 12:30 pm on Sunday April 30. Please plan to arrive in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 26, anytime, and to leave anytime after 4 pm on Sunday, April 30.

May be offered again in:

Spring 2018 (the convention location will be in Portland, Oregon then)